James Milner believes Jordan Henderson can be a “great leader” for England having been named captain for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Slovenia.
The Interim manager, Gareth Southgate benched Wayne Rooney for the match after their Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley, with Henderson set to deputize.
The 30-year old Liverpool’s vice-captain who retired international footballer after England’s flop at Euro 2016, said Henderson deserves to captain the Three Lions.
“It is amazing and fully deserved,” Milner told Liverpool’s official website. “He is a top player with a top attitude, he is a great captain here – obviously I have played under him for the last year. Last year times were tough for him when he was injured and desperate to be out on the field, but he was a great leader even when he wasn’t playing, which isn’t the easiest thing to do.
“He has shown what a good captain he is really. When things aren’t going well for you, that’s when your strengths come through as a captain. He showed that last year and obviously this year on the field he has been playing amazingly. He will be a great leader for England as well.”
James Milner has reflected on the upcoming match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.
He believes that this match gives a great opportunity to get the club back on the winning track. Both clubs have struggled for form this season, but the situation at Liverpool has been getting worse in recent weeks. The honeymoon period for manager Jurgen Klopp looks well and truly over after sloppy defeats against teams from near the bottom of the table. Milner came to the club in the summer on a free transfer from Manchester City and he immediately found himself as one of the leaders in the squad.
The former Aston Villa winger says that it is clear that both United and Liverpool have not been at the best this season. However, he went for the home team will help them build some confidence ahead of the upcoming matches. Since Klopp’s results against the top teams have been excellent, they are expected to dominate this home match. United, meanwhile, continue to struggle in front of goal and this has been their major Achilles heel under Louis van Gaal. Wayne Rooney’s return to form, though, is a major boost for the Red Devils, who still remain in contention for the league title success according to Van Gaal. (more…)
The Premier League match played between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on Sunday has ended in a draw. There were 4 goals scored in the match, a couple by each team. This draw has increased the points gap between City and United. Now, City has fallen 9 points behind the Red Devils.
Yesterday, United secured win over Fulham and got ahead by 10 points. City needed a victory against Liverpool to bring the deficit back to 7 points, but, they failed in doing so. However, City is still at no. 2 in the points table with 53 points in 25 matches.
It was really a very exciting match. Both the teams fought hard and the pendulum kept swinging from one side to other throughout the match.
This draw took Liverpool to no. 7 in the points table. The Reds have played 25 matches in the tournament so far out of which they have won 9 and lost 7. The remaining 9 matches have ended in draws.
Manchester City took the lead in the 23rd minute of the match with the goal of Edin Dzeko. David Silva got rid of a couple of players and then, passed the ball to James Milner who gave a low cross to Dzeko. Dzeko made no mistake and tapped the ball home to give his team the lead.
The scores got equalized just a few minutes later. Daniel Sturridge scored the equalizer for the Reds. It was Steven Gerrard who assisted the goal.
Gerrard took his team ahead by putting the ball into the net with a great volley in the 73rd minute of the match, but, Liverpool’s lead lasted for only 5 minutes. In the 78th minute, Sergio Aguero found the net from an awkward angle and the score became 2-2. There were no more goals scored in the remaining time and the teams had to share points.
Manchester City’s next match will be a Premier League clash against Southampton on 9th of February at St. Mary’s stadium.